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The Jesus And Mary Chain

Like the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the Scottish group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback which served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Dinosaur Jr. Though the supporting players drifted in and out of focus, the heart of the Mary Chain remained vocalists and guitarists William and Jim Reid, Scottish-born brothers heavily influenced not only by underground legends like the Velvets and the Stooges but also by the sonic grandeur and pop savvy of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. In the Jesus and Mary Chain, which the Reids formed outside of Glasgow in 1984 with bassist Douglas Hart and drummer Murray Dalglish (quickly replaced by Bobby Gillespie), these two polarized aesthetics converged; equal parts bubblegum and formless guitar distortion, their sound both celebrated pop conventions and thoroughly subverted them.

In late 1984, the band issued its seminal debut single, "Upside Down," a remarkable blast of live wire feedback anchored by a caveman-like drumbeat; the record made the Mary Chain an overnight sensation in the U.K., as did their nascent live shows, 20-minute sets of confrontational noise (performed with the bandmembers' backs to the audience) which frequently ended in rioting. The follow-up, "You Trip Me Up," further perfected the formula, and led to their 1985 debut LP Psychocandy, which gift-wrapped sweet, simple pop songs in ribbons of droning guitar fuzz. After a two-year layoff (during which time Gillespie exited to form Primal Scream and was replaced by John Moore), the Jesus and Mary Chain returned with Darklands, a dramatic shift in approach which stripped away the feedback to expose the skeletal guitar pop at the music's core. After a sprawling 1988 collection of singles, B-sides, and demos titled Barbed Wire Kisses, they emerged with Automatic, which introduced a more tightly coiled brand of feedback while jettisoning Moore's live drums in favor of synthesized beats.

After another long absence, the Mary Chain (minus Hart) resurfaced in 1992 with Honey's Dead, and earned greater U.S. visibility thanks to a spot on that summer's Lollapalooza lineup; the first single, "Reverence," also won them renewed attention at home when Top of the Pops banned the song because of its opening lines, "I wanna die just like Jesus Christ" and "I wanna die just like JFK." With 1994's gentle, largely acoustic Stoned & Dethroned, they even reached the U.S. pop charts thanks to the lovely single "Sometimes Always," a duet with Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval. Another collection of scattered sides, The Jesus and Mary Chain Hate Rock 'n' Roll, followed a year later, highlighted by the single "I Hate Rock 'n' Roll," a scabrous swipe which reclaimed the pure noise attack of their earliest work. Moving to Sub Pop, they returned with Munki in 1998. William Reid left the group during the subsequent tour, and in 1999, the Jesus and Mary Chain officially disbanded.

Eight years later, the Reid brothers, joined by Mark Crozer, Phil King (Lush), and Loz Colbert (Ride), revived the band to perform at the Coachella and Meltdown festivals. The new recording "All Things Must Pass" appeared on the 2008 soundtrack for the television series Heroes. A four-disc box set, The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides and Rarities, was released the same year, trailed by expanded reissues of the 1985-1998 studio albums. Performances resumed in 2012, with Brian Young (Fountains of Wayne) in place of Colbert. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Track List: The Power Of Negative Thinking: B-Sides & Rarities

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neo-psychede l i c dream pop
exquisite_so l a c e
Great band. But where is Honey's Dead? Underrated album (Almost Gold, , Teenage Lust, Catchfire, Good for My Soul, etc).
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how come it never plays psychocandy?
it always the later stuff. hmmm whos getting paid?
captainpylan t h e s
Great band. Can't decide if I like Automatic or Darklands the best. I would love to see them if they're on tour, but the info I found showed that they tend to show up at very large shows/festiv a l s that are never close to my location.... Bummer.
Love this group! I met them in Richmond, VA at Rockets. The next night they were in DC and after the show they came and hung out with us at Poseur's. What fun!
Boring and depressing. Thumbs down
the very last era of happy music....if ya know what i mean
hohenshellm
when I fell for my first punk rock girl, when I was in the 8th grade, I can remember playing Just like honey for her. And when she broke my heart, I can remember sitting alone in my room, listening to cut dead, over and over again as I wept. Great album then, and even better 25 years later!
My big draw to Lollapalloza 92 was the opportunity to see Jesus and Mary Chain live. I was not disappointed !
those were the best days ever!
Needs more blood...
Great band where is this today
I kinda agree wretch. I remember buying one of their albums in the 80s and thinking it sounded like the beach boys meet sonic youth. pop songs with alot of feedback and noise. I don't hate them, but I can't listen to them for a long period of time.
so underrated. can't wait to see them in new orleans on the 5th :)
SWEETS
Fell for Honey's Dead, sank even deeper with The Power of Negative Thinking.
ebythebeach
Automatic is my fav album...I've been listening to these guys for 2 decades but just started listening to all their stuff again ....so unbelievable
noes4
Automatic definitely had an impact on me (used to listen to it all the time.)
Great great band. Very underrated
Saw them in Berkley coliseum opening for Iggy Pop. AMAZING show. I was blown away.
burkify
Pandora just played Tower of Song by TJMC and said they wrote it. Im pretty it was a cover and Leonard Cohen wrote it.
Rock'n'Roll Brothers = Fist fights!
awesome
oh yea i f**kin dig tjamc
I saw them at Lollapaloza 92/ They played at about 2 in the afternoon/ didn't give a f#@k/ They had smoke machine in high gear and light show/ It was 2 in the afternoon/ Brilliant/
vmuse07
I used to hang out at Mean Mr. Mustards in the late 80s but missed them there - what a fantastic club!
ilove them so much....
kfedor4
I recall seeing JMC live in Columbus, Ohio (Mean Mr. Mustards) as a sophomore in college in '88. They played every song off both (all!) albums. Sat next to the stage and read the playlist. I heard a rumor back then that the lead singer was too shy to sing live so the brother? sang when performing live. Couldn't tell the difference through the feedback:)
one of my top 2
Psycho Candy freshman year in high school. Darklands as a junior. Automatic as a senior. I had forgotten how much time JMC spent in my cassette deck and cd player back in the day!! When I get home today, I'm putting "Automatic" on, turning it really loud, and enjoying just what a timeless band they are!!
perfectly brilliant band, their talent is unquantifiab l e
dlekites
I'd love to see this band live. Lived in England in 1990-91 and missed them. Agree that Honey's Dead should be in this list. Great LP.
How come Honey's Dead isn't listed in the Discography? A glaring oversight. Hoping for a US reunion tour sometime soon. Turned into a great live band in the 90's.
Good music! Remember listening to them in the 80s in my college days.
Their music will probably be forever in my most listened to artists, even if the name is a little enigmatic at best...
matthewbuckr e i s
No band has nor will any band ever mix Pop with distortion and feedback like JAMC!! Absolutely awesome sound!! They are in my top 5 all time!!
ha ha, the name makes me wary if i even want to hear the music
lemonrose12
wow what is ur problem people?????? ? its like every one has something negitive on thees people...... . . . . . s o m t h i n g about a crappy source...... . . . w e i r d i liek the band so whats ur probolem?
Get this s**t off my Ween station.
baxter2501
Guys guys, come one. If you want to troll, go troll Brokencyde. If we try hard enough, they might just all kill themselves.
bromide01
Well. Your source is crappy. And that means your mother, because she was the source of you. Plus, if you know the source then YOU'RE crappy. So you are crappy all around.

Oh, and also Beat Happening is the lamest crappiest band ever. "Oh, we're Beat Happening and we made the lamest music ever."
-JAMC Automatic, the DJ never has it.

Too bad your source is a crappy band
Another great, though unharolded, album was "The Sound of Speed." It contains a powerfull, moving and dark rendition of the Cole Porter classic "Tower of Song." I'd always heard that the Ried brothers never really got along and that during their last live performance in L.A. the set ended with a fist fight between them, after which, they simply stormed off the stage...Now that's Rock and Roll!
bromide01
JAMC Automatic, the DJ never has it.
The lack of Honey's Dead is also slightly worrying.
Love the JAMC, only LP I don't own is Munki.
One of the greatest bands. Needs to have Barbed Wire Kisses on the discography
jlklemp
Hey, I know these guys did an amazing cover of a Christmas song maybe 10 years ago. I can't remember which song it was or what compilation it was on, though. Anybody have any idea what it was or where I can find it?
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